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The Snail and the Whale – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Director: Toby Mitchell Reviewer: David Doyle Famed for their adaptations of well-known children’s books, Tall Stories have tackled Julia Donaldson’s The Snail And the Whale in their latest venture. Telling the story of one little girl, her seafaring father, and the bedtime stories they tell, the show is an entertaining and slick adaptation but one that at times lacks warmth. ...

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Katy Brand: I Was a Teenage Christian – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Matt Farnham In her return to the Fringe, Katy Brandmeanders through recent moments of reflection, via her surprising teenage years as a crusading Christian, frequent embarrassing life moments, her time as a semi-regular correspondent on Sky news and how even Christians wouldn't invite her to drinks. Katy's approachable and sweet demeanour allows her to talk with passion about how ...

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Amelia Ryan: Lady Liberty – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Matt Farnham Amelia Ryan returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with her follow-up to the highly successful Storm in a D Cup. In Lady Liberty Amelia Ryan inspired by strong liberated women, sets out her new seven-step plan to become the star of her own show on Broadway. Amelia brings her fantastic vocals together with some amazing lyrics to deliver ...

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Happy Dave – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

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Writer: Oli Forsyth Director: Sam Carrack Reviewer: Stephen Bates Dave is contemptuous of today's youngsters. He complains that earlier generations invented rock, punk and rave, but all we have now is the X-Factor Christmas single. Oli Forsyth's new play begins in the 1990s when Dave was DJ at massive rave parties in open fields, until the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, ...

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Agent of Influence – Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh

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Writer: Sarah Sigal Director: Jessica Beck Reviewer: Stephen Bates There seems no end to stories of heroism in World War II, but, despite initial appearances to the contrary, this is not an addition to the list. Sarah Sigal's one hour monologue is an account given by Lady Pamela More, a socialite and fashion correspondent for The Times, of her recruitment ...

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All Aboard the Marriage Hearse – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Writer and Director: Matt Morillo Reviewer: Stephen Bates "Marriage is just porn for women" declares Sean to his long-time partner Amy as they return home together, half drunk, after a friend's wedding reception. He has caught the garter, she the bouquet and, as Elvis croons It's Now or Never in the background, Amy decides that now is the time to ...

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The D-List – Underbelly Med Quad, Edinburgh

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Writer: David Hendon Director: Phil Croft Reviewer: Mark O’Neill The cult of celebrity is all too familiar. Each year thousands upon thousands of pop star wannabes try their hand at becoming the next big hit. If they are lucky they will still be recognised on the streets a year later. Some, however, are remembered for the wrong reasons. Shrapnel Theatre’s ...

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Sunshine on Leith – The Famous Spiegeltent, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Mark O’Neill Returning to the Fringe for the third consecutive year, Captivate Theatre's Sunshine on Leithhas everything you would expect (and more) from this well-drilled company. Opening with a punchy rendition of Sky Takes the Soul, the story tells of two Scottish soldiers back from serving in Afghanistan. Their return sparks a plot filled with emotion and humour entwined ...

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